Sonntag, 1. März 2015

Best Of February '15






The Meltdown - Better Days EP


There is another high quality 7" on its way on HopeStreet Recordings - and this is just some incredibly beautiful soul music. The Meltdown is a soul band based around singer Simon Burke and saxophonist Lachlan McLean. The record starts with its lead single "Better Days" which might be one of the best soul tracks you've heard in a while. All doubts should be removed the moment when Burke's vocals kick in. Both musicians have roots in the country genre which show here and there though the dominant character of The Meltdown has to be the smooth and brassy old school soul approach. All this combined with some accurate songwriting will get you three great and original tunes...more






Peace Creep - Peace Creep


With their brand new selftitled release Peace Creep from San Francisco will surely become your next favourite punk rock trio. The band draws inspiration from all kinds of rock styles and developed a unique and rough sound on a total of 6 tracks on this EP. It all starts with the incredible opener "Control Yr Crime" that moves with an intense pace through different moods. The punk rock character in Peace Creep's sound blends with all kinds of heavy rock genres and is probably what people should be talking about when they mention the term alternative punk rock. Tracks like "Radio Free Alcatraz" are building on great tensions that are often unloading in massive jams. It's an exciting brand of high energy rock'n'roll music that you should not sleep on...more
 







Adam & Cuth - The Look Up


The London Hip Hop duo Adam and Cuth just released their brand new single on Hillman Mondegreen's (Ephemerals' guitarist) label . "The Look Up" is a strong and honest Hip Hop statement with a grimy character and well produced beats. There is a soulful thing to the groups sound that is put into some serious vibes. The B-side features a Jimi Needles remix of a Colemine Records classic "Even More Better" by Tough Junky - so no Adam & Cuth going on there but still a great track to have...more







Jess Locke - Words That Seem To Slip Away


Early March will see the new release of the new album by Melbourne-based singer Jess Locke. "Words That Seem To Slip Away" was recorded in a minimal fashion which apparently did not affect the beauty of Locke's folk compositions. The two preview tracks "Change The Sheets" and "Riding A Dead Horse" showcase some nice songwriting, great harmonies and a melancholic character. There is a certain trance surrounding her songs that can easily make you forget whatever it is that you are currently doing and put you in the same calm moods...more








Smokey Angle Shades - Shades Of Joy


London's Smokey Angle Eyes are the smoothest blend of country and soul sounds that currently walks the contemporary music landscape. After their recent take on a Jimi Hendrix tune the new album "Shades Of Joy" is now out on Impossible Ark Records and available on vinyl and digital. There are great vocal harmonies, some nice rock licks and a beautiful vibe going through all 11 tracks. It's all captured by some impressive and on point songwriting. It shows in the simplicity of the songs - it's about finding the exciting and little things in an otherwise standard song structure you've heard so many times before - and let me just say that this band is doing an incredible job at this.  Thus it is really hard to pick one standout track to feature below. Still I won't let the gospel/country character of the opener "Empty Carriage" fool you (though it is a great tune) - from bluesy soul tracks like "Everybody Knows" to uptempo acoustic rock tunes like "Had About Enough" - you will find it all on this record and it will grow on you in an addictive way...more
 







Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers - Cranes & Carpets


If you happen to be familiar with Berlin-based Johannes Schleimacher's Woima Collective then you know that it's going to be seriously funky when his new project "Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers" will be released. A 7" single from a few months back already displayed a taste of this new ensemble. It showcased  incredible rhythms, dynamic horns and some nice synthesizer sounds. Another thing you can expect from this group is heavy influences from Schleimacher's trips to Africa which led to the band recording this record in Morocco. All this is what you are about to explore on "Cranes & Carpets"...more

Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2015

City Of Ships - Ultraluminal


There is one thing you can surely say about City Of Ships' sound: It is massive! The heavy rock trio from the United States will release their third record "Ultraluminal" in about one month on Golden Antenna Records.

Who would've thought that only three people can produce such a solid wall of melodic noise? Call it post hardcore, alternative rock or melodic rock - what matters most is the bulletproof character of City Of Ships' tracks. The songwriting is always on point and puts relatively easy structures into a heavy and melodic uniform. Eric Jernigan's vocals seem to be the perfect fit for this brand of rock music as he shows a versatile approach in staying on top of a sonic monster. Tunes like "Preeminence" are stunning examples of the group's sound which could be located somewhere between old Swervedriver and monumental Amplifier hymns.

"Ultraluminal" will be available late next month. Until then you can stream some older tunes on Bandcamp or the first single below.

Montag, 23. Februar 2015

Jakob Sørensen - Bagland


"Bagland" is not only Jakob Sørensen's new record, it is also the name of the quintet that the danish trumpeter is leading. The group is completed by Alex Jønsson on guitar, Mathias Jaeger on piano, Frederik Sakham on bass and Frej Lesner on drums.

The cover art above pictures a lonely and rainy setting and a mood that is perfectly captured on this record. At one hand this sound is exactly what you would've come to expect from a scandinavian jazz group while at the other hand "Bagland" is certainly more than just a cliché. The album contains eight original compositions by Jakob Sørensen who is also opening the record with some beautiful notes in "Vindeltrappen". The steady flow of the track and its great development of melodies makes it really special. On other tracks like "Forandringens Fortivlelse" the band shows a more playful approach with different rhythms and improvisations. "Something Pretty" is another song to watch since it features some haunting melodies and a rhythm that is carried by a dynamic bass - all clothed in a calm and peaceful vibe. And there is certainly nothing wrong about feeding off the dreamy and melancholic nordic sound tradition, especially not if you do it in an exciting fashion like this.

Get more information and streams on the group's homepage.





Donnerstag, 19. Februar 2015

Jazz Spastiks & Rebels To The Grain - Tapes


The Jazz Spastiks from London have really made a huge impression on the recent Hip Hop genre with "The Product". On the latest single the producer team collaborated with rap duo Rebels To The Grain from Los Angeles.

The two MC's Cheddy & MP, who also host a radio show named Breakbeats & Rhymes, are doing an excellent job rapping over a solid beat as you would expect it from the Jazz Spastiks. "Tapes" is a track that flows through throwback Hip Hop vibes with great rhymes and some serious cuts.

Get the full stream and free download on Bandcamp.

Mittwoch, 18. Februar 2015

Child - Child (Vinyl Release)


Formed in 2012 the Melbourne-based blues trio Child released their debut record about one year ago. The selftitled album quickly caught the attention of Bilocation Records and will soon be a part of their impressive vinyl roster.

It's always nice to see what artists are able to create for themselves out of the simple blues formular. Child's approach is characterized by heavy and fuzzy sounds, stripped down arrangements and some psychedelic vibes. You won't find any fast tracks or stomping rhyhtms on this record but a band that creates a uniquely floating brand of gritty blues. A trippy sound though no special effects are used and an average playing time of seven minutes though the tracks show pretty simple structures - doesn't sound like an easy thing to accomplish but this band is definitely getting it done in a stunning and mesmerizing way.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp and the vinyl right here.